As you well know, I rarely give five stars for anything. This book, however, both Jacynthe, the children’s librarian, and I read super fast and just as quickly fell in love with it. We both agreed it is a five.
Perhaps it is because we are older and this story is set in the early 80s. It could also be because we mutually share a love of music and it references a ton of music we know and love. Another possibility is an epistolary novel. Add all those things plus the fact that it was a simple story, was real, heartfelt and sweet, and about friendship against all odds makes it a fun summer read.